mirror: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could heed Sir Alex Ferguson’s advice when tackling Barcelona .
United face the La Liga leaders in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Old Trafford.
The clash is the first time the two sides have met in Europe’s premier competition since Barca beat United in the final in 2011.
Lionel Messi ran the show at Wembley that night and will once again lead Barca’s charge as they look to take a first-leg lead back to the Nou Camp.
Legendary United boss Ferguson suggested after the 3-1 setback, which came two years after another final defeat to Barca, that he had worked out how to stop the Argentine.
“You need centre-backs who are prepared to drop right on top of Messi and not worry about what is happening behind them,” the Scot wrote in his 2013 autobiography.
“He will drift away to the side. That’s fine. He’s less of a threat on the side than he is through the centre.
“After the inquest I told myself: ‘When we play Barcelona next time in a Champions League final, I would have Jones and Smalling, or Smalling and Evans, right on top of Messi. I wasn’t going to let him torture us again.”
Messi is enjoying another incredible campaign for Ernesto Valverde’s men as they big to win the treble.
The 31-year-old has scored 33 times in La Liga and added another six goals in just 10 Champions League matches to date.
Chris Smalling is likely to take on Ferguson’s challenge and he admits he is relishing the prospect.
“I’ve not played against him competitively, personally, but in friendlies and pre-season we have,” he said about Messi.
“I’m looking forward to playing against him and hopefully minimising as many chances as possible, because we know what a world-class player he is.”
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